Mercedes-Benz India is at present engaged on its all-new GLB SUV for India. Anticipated to be extra interesting to the Indian car-buying public than the coupe-like GLA SUV, the GLB shall be a bigger and extra up-right SUV. In comparison with the GLA, which can be primarily based on Mercedes’ MFA2 platform, the GLB (codenamed X247) can have extra cabin house and better utility, identical to the B-class is bigger than the A-class. The upcoming SUV is more likely to be the biggest automobile constructed on this platform – it’ll be round four.6m in size and have a beneficiant trunk house of over 500 litres. In some ways, the GLB is more likely to be solely a half-size smaller than the bigger Mercedes GLC. Whereas the GLB was earlier considered designed on the strains of the stand-up and block-like ‘G-Wagen’, newer spy footage have proven it has a extra typical SUV profile, with a extra rounded nostril. Nonetheless, it’s more likely to have a seat top that corresponds extra with the B-Class MPV than a body-on-frame SUV.
The GLB shall be an SUV that makes use of house extra effectively, with passengers sitting extra upright. The additional size additionally means Mercedes is more likely to have a seven-seat model accessible as an choice at a later date. There’s even a little bit of flexibility on the playing cards – homeowners who want to use the boot will be capable to take away the third row of seats. Mercedes has launched an illustration of the interiors of the GLB idea earlier than its worldwide unveil on the upcoming Shanghai motor present, which reveals that it’s going to borrow its steering from the A-class. The GLB’s cabin may even function the mixed infotainment and instrument cluster show and round air vents seen within the A-class.
Whereas the GLB is an MFA2-based mannequin, it’s more likely to be powered by Mercedes’ bigger 2.Zero-litre diesel engine, probably the OM654, which is anticipated to be accessible in 150hp and 190hp states of tune. Merc may even have the choice of bringing in a plug-in hybrid, the GLB 220e, that’s more likely to include a 65 or 70km electric-only vary. Mercedes is anticipated to construct the brand new SUV in Mexico first, in the direction of the tip of 2019. Mercedes GLB costs in India are more likely to begin at Rs 40 lakh, which can see it instantly tackle the likes of the Volvo XC40.